Celebrating Arizona’s Local Beer, Healthy Forests, and Reliable Water

SanTan Brewing Company knows that making great beer requires exceptional water, water that comes from the snow-capped mountains of northern Arizona. To ensure consistent quality of their award-winning Southwestern Style Ales and the longevity of their business, SanTan Brewing Company and the National Forest Foundation (NFF) are celebrating their partnership called “Tap to Top,” a campaign that helps Phoenix area residents understand where their water (and beer) comes from. 

The campaign promotes the Northern Arizona Forest Fund – a program that restores the National Forests in northern Arizona that provide clean, reliable water to the taps of valley residents and businesses.  

SanTan Brewing Company and the NFF are excited to announce that Tap to Top is also supporting the recently launched Southern Arizona Forest Fund, which builds on the success of the Northern Arizona Forest Fund and targets forest restoration in southern Arizona's National Forests. Funds raised for the Southern Arizona Forest Fund will be invested in projects that protect southern Arizona's National Forests' unique ecosystems, improve recreational opportunities and improve watershed health, all of which benefits local businesses, residents and visitors to the area.

The time to act to improve Arizona’s forests is NOW! It is simple: Healthy forests equal clean water, which SanTan Brewing uses to make the highest quality, freshest, local beer. Healthy forests are also so important for the outdoor lifestyle we love here in Arizona and that we want to enjoy for years to come!

Anthony Canecchia, founder and brewmaster, SanTan Brewing Company

Both the Northern Arizona Forest Fund and Southern Arizona Forest Fund offer local governments, businesses and Arizona residents the opportunity to invest in the lands and watersheds on which they depend. The NFF works with the U.S. Forest Service, local nonprofit conservation organizations and private contractors to implement projects that reduce wildfire risk, improve streams and wetlands, enhance wildlife habitat, restore native plants, and limit erosion and sediment into Arizona streams, rivers and reservoirs.

This year’s projects will reduce high-severity fire risk, will reduce erosion and sedimentation into Arizonans’ water supplies, and will protect unique Arizona habitats and native wildlife across northern and southern Arizona.

Thanks to the efforts undertaken by NFF and SanTan Brewing Company, numerous other local businesses are also now supporting both funds to help protect the water sources and our public lands that are vital to the success of their businesses and local communities.

SanTan Brewing Company is a terrific example of how businesses across Arizona can be direct stewards of the lands that they love and that serve their business. We are excited to launch the Southern Arizona Forest Fund and improve the health of all of Arizona’s National Forests. With the support of SanTan Brewing and its partners and customers, we’ll be able to protect the water that makes great beer, and the lands we love to play on for years to come.

Rebecca Davidson, NFF’s Southern Rockies Regional Director

Crescent Crown Distributing, Finley Distributing and Canyon Distributing Company were the first to make financial contributions to the Northern Arizona Forest Fund through the “Tap to Top” campaign. Pink Jeep Tours, Nackard Beverage, Angry Crab, Genuine Concepts, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chronic Taco, Bar Louie, Deli Sports Bar and the Arizona Coyotes National Hockey Team have also stepped up to protect the water and forests in Northern Arizona in 2017.

Finley Distributing, Hacienda del Sol, 1702 Restaurant, Bear Canyon Pizza Company and Risky Business are now also helping to launch the Southern Arizona Forest Fund, including volunteer actions to help improve the Coronado National Forest’s beloved Sabino Canyon.

The NFF, SanTan Brewing Company and all their partners, are encouraging beer lovers and the Arizona craft brewing industry to drink local beer and support the Northern Arizona Forest Fund and the Southern Arizona Forest Fund. Learn more about the “Tap to Top” campaign at TapToTop.org.

For more information on the “Tap to Top” campaign and the Northern and Southern Arizona Forest Funds, please contact Rebecca Davidson at rdavidson@nationalforests.org or visit NorthernArizonaForestFund.org or TaptoTop.org

National Forest Foundation